This information is only semi-relevant to what I am trying to say. What's important about Enter the Void was the fact that, in between the kaleidoscopic approximations of drug trips, the film actually featured an abortion. I'm not talking about the sort of movie abortion where a character suddenly finds herself undesirably pregnant, spends time considering her options, and then is shown on the couch in sweatpants eating ice cream in an apparent state of recovery. I'm talking about an actual abortion-- feet in the stirrups, cervical dilation, a closeup of uterine contents.
After watching this scene, which made me feel sort of nauseous, I realized how uncommon it is in a movie to see an actual depiction the medical side of an abortion. Plenty of films broach the topic, but few actually show what happens once a character decides to terminate a fetus. I talked to a bunch of my friends about this apparent invisibility, and nobody could come up with a movie besides this one in which an actual abortion was shown. (We're not film scholars; I'm sure some movies exist, but they're definitely not commonplace, especially considering how frequently and publicly abortion is discussed...)
I'm not sure if this absence is a good thing or not. Part of me thinks it would be better to demystify and accurately portray a medical procedure that so often is discussed with careful, euphemized rhetoric. Watching the scene in Enter the Void, however, did make me feel very uncomfortable. If an abortion scene incites that kind of emotion in someone who is solidly right-to-choose, I can only imagine the sort of spin anti-choicers could come up with should medically-accurate depictions of abortion start making their way into the mainstream. Still, my opinion leans toward the idea that less mystery about the abortion procedure is better, but to be honest, I have no idea why I feel this way.
What do you think? Are there benefits to accurately portraying abortion procedures in movies? Do you know of any movies that show abortions?